Food Network won’t renew Paula Deen’s contract after racial slur admission
By RUSS BYNUM Associated Press June 21, 2013 3:58PM
FILE - This Jan. 17, 2012 file photo shows celebrity chef Paula Deen posing for a portrait in New York. It was revealed that Deen admitted during questioning in a lawsuit that she had slurred blacks in the past. It's the second time the queen of comfort food's mouth has gotten her into big trouble. She revealed in 2012 that for three years she hid her Type 2 diabetes while continuing to cook the calorie-laden food that's bad for people like her. (AP Photo/Carlo Allegri, File)
The Food Network says it will not renew the contract of celebrity chef Paula Deen, days after it was revealed she admitted using racial slurs in the past.
The network said in a news release Friday afternoon that it would not renew Deen’s contract when it expires at the end of the month.
Deen has built an empire from her TV shows, cookbooks and product endorsements. The Food Network began airing “Paula’s Home Cooking” in 2002 and added “Paula’s Best Dishes” in 2008.
Deen admitted while being questioned as part of a lawsuit that she had used racial slurs in the past. The network’s announcement came just hours after she posted a video online apologizing for her past mistakes.